Initially, Motorola's RAZR V3 generated especially high interest among young adults (those between 18 and 24), and visitors from this age group represented 27 percent of total RAZR interest on Cingular.com between Nov. 10, 2004 and Dec. 31. But attention is now more evenly distributed across age segments as interest among older adults has caught up to early enthusiasm among the younger consumers.
Push-to-talk (PTT) proved to be a killer app for Nextel Communications, and the Yankee Group estimates newer PTT entrants Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Alltel attracted a total of about 1 million PTT subscribers by the end of 2004. The researchers expect T-Mobile USA and Cingular Wireless to launch similar PTT services within the next nine months.
Going, going … but not quite gone. The number of U.S. mobile phone subscribers using TDMA technologies declined 23 percent in 2004, the first year of negative subscriber growth since the technology was introduced in 1991, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). That still leaves some 33 million TDMA subs in 2004, down from 43 million in 2003.
Two entrepreneurs could bring a whole new meaning to family calling plans. Cameron Robb and Gordon Jessop are partners in PetsMobility, a Scottsdale, Ariz., start-up that is trying to market PetsCell, a cell phone for pets. The prototype bone-shaped device is designed to snap onto a collar and auto-answer when a dog's owner calls.
Doug Bonestroo knows where to fish, both figuratively and literally. That's not to say he's looking to take over the entire pond with his business – just pioneer some new corporate fishing holes. Bonestroo is CEO at 5-year-old RemotePipes, a company that provides high-speed wireless remote IP and Internet access solutions to corporate audiences.
Fueled by better networks and expanded voice and data options, enterprises are giving wireless technology a bigger role in their business systems – and now a small but growing number are taking it a step farther, giving wireless center stage by cutting the landline cord altogether. Because certain employees have a driving need to move about untethered by conventional landlines, in many c
Last year, technology companies began calling Wireless Week about innovations that would make mobile TV the next big thing in wireless phone technology. I confess I was a skeptic. Fun, out-of-the-box thinking? You bet. Commercial reality? I thought, give me a break! I wasn't doubtful that great technology minds could bring the small screen to a smaller screen.
Sprint Nextel's iDEN network will continue to operate in iPCS territories following the stay of a Circuit Court ruling. Sprint also announced that Qualcomm's Qchat will power next-generation push-to-talk (PTT) services when its CDMA2000 1XEV-DO Revision A network gets up and running.
New market research by In-Stat, a sister company of Wireless Week, shows as many as 25 million wireless phone subscribers in North America could be using their wireless phones as mobile wallets by 2011. This will require a dramatic shift in attitudes, however, as the study shows Americans currently remain tepid toward the mobile wallet concept.
Evans Data's Wireless Development Survey finds that globally almost 1 in 5 software developers picked Google as their No. 1 location-based tools provider choice. The survey also notes that a high number of location-based Websites that combine content from more than one source employ Google. The second most commonly used location-based toolsets fell under the Open Source Software category, with
Lucent Technologies reported a steep 32-percent slide in earnings and an 8.4-percent dip in revenue for its fiscal second quarter, which ended March 31. The telecom giant, which is being purchased by Alcatel, said it experienced slower-than-expected growth in wireless.
Hurt by weak wireless sales, home electronics retailer RadioShack Corporation posted a sharp 85-percent decline in first-quarter profits. RadioShack's CFO notes that wireless sales suffered when the company switched from selling Verizon Wireless products to Cingular Wireless. RadioShack shares dropped in value nearly 10 percent in the first quarter.
Worldwide, wireless handsets generated $117.2 billion in revenue in 2005, a 14.9-percent increase over 2004, according to "The Future of Mobile Handsets," a new report from Telecom Trends International. The report predicts handset revenue will peak at $130 billion in 2008, followed by a revenue decline due to falling device prices.
Mobile TV is one of the highest priority markets for mobile operators today. Some have proclaimed it the next killer application for mobile operators, and indeed many of them have announced initiatives to offer some sort of mobile TV services. But all are clear that a unicast mobile TV offering over W-CDMA could completely consume the networks, even with high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA
Last year, millions of wireless subscribers purchased D4L's Laffy Taffy ringtone. The hit song sold more than 4 million ringtones, making it the No. 1 ringtone in 2005. But if you're not a crowd follower and you want a more original ringtone, perhaps H-Lounge.com is the answer. The site was launched by HarmonyLine, an early stage company that caters to budding composers by allowing visitors t